The Brampton Beast exploded for four goals in the second period on the way to a 4-1 win over the Wichita Thunder on Sunday in Brampton, Ont.
After grabbing an early, 1-0 lead on a first-period goal by Ian Lowe, Brampton’s Scott Howes answered back with back-to-back goals in the first 5:10 of the second period for a 2-1 lead. Calin Wild and Jason Pitton added goals for the Beast for a 4-1 lead.
Brampton goalie Kristofer Westblom was solid in protecting his team’s lead, saving 31 of 32 shots total.
The loss drops Wichita one game below .500 at 21-22-4. The Thunder play at Brampton again on Monday and return to Intrust Bank Arena on Friday to take on the Allen Americans.
First period—1. Wichita, Lowe (Boras, Martens), 5:33. Penalties—Robinson, Wichita (holding), 17:57.
Second period—2. Brampton, Howes (Suderman, Pitton), 2:38; 3. Brampton, Howes (Pitton), 5:10; 4. Brampton, Wild (VanderVeeken, Ward); 5. Brampton, Pitton (Makway, VanderVeeken), 16:55. Penalties—Lizon, Wichita (slashing), 13:45; Lizon, Wichita (fighting), 13;45; Milan, Brampton (roughing), 13:45; Milan, Brampton (fighting), 13:45; Gruenke, Wichita (holding), 16;39.
Third period—no scoring. Penalties—Wild, Brampton (holding stick), 2:17; Darriog, Brampton (high sticking), 10:44; Darriog, Brampton (fighting), 10:44; Hand, Wichita, (fighting), 10:44.
Power plays — Wichita 0-2, Brampton 1-2.
S hots — Wichita 12-11-9—32, Brampton 10-11-7—28.
Goalies — Brown, Wichita, 21 shots, 17 saves; Westblom, Brampton, 32-31
T — 2:22. A — 2,108.